Wigan Athletic, inCONSISTENT at best?

Wigan Athletic, inCONSISTENT at best?

The only thing I am not looking forward to about the start of the new season is Mark Lawrenson. Not that I have anything personally against the man, it is his lazy evaluation of Wigan Athletics’ chances in the upcoming fixtures through the medium of ‘Lawro’s Predictions’, that has got my beef. [caption id="attachment_2083" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Here he is, the man in question."][/caption] Fans of other clubs may have never picked up on, been bothered enough to take notice or …
Scott Sinclair | Can he step up to the EPL?

Scott Sinclair | Can he step up to the EPL?

Scott Sinclair has been touted by many since he moved from Bristol Rovers to Chelsea at the age of 16 in July of 2005. He has made his football league debut for Bristol in December of 2004, in the season before Chelsea signed him. No first team experience with just 2 league appearances for Bristol but Chelsea and many others saw the potential. However he only made a handful of appearances at Chelsea between 2005 and 2010, but he was sent …
Stoke City vs Chelsea - What can be learned?

Stoke City vs Chelsea - What can be learned?

The beginning of April this year, at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke v’s Chelsea. 97 minutes came and went, and what did we get. Chelsea dominating, Stoke staying strong, and one goal apiece. Should Chelsea have won? Were Stoke lucky, or just very good? Of course, the answers to these questions are in stats… Stoke City Line Up – Begovic; Wilson, Huth, Shawcross, Higginbotham; Pennent, Delap, Whelan, Etherington; Walters (Yellow) (Goal), Jones. Chelsea Line Up – Cech; Bosingwa (Yellow), Terry, David …
The Stoke City Rumour Mill

The Stoke City Rumour Mill

After a quick start to transfer window, with Liverpool and Manchester United making the big moves, things have settled down into a predictable pattern in England – Tevez wanting away, rumours of Drogba going every which way, and Adebayor annoying yet somebody else – or simply not being good enough. Stoke City have had a relatively quiet summer thus far, with their only signing being Jonathon Woodgate on a pay as you play deal from Tottenham, while releasing 3 players …
Jones Vs Walters (Vs Huth?!)

Jones Vs Walters (Vs Huth?!)

Stoke City only scored 46 goals last season. Champions Manchester United scored 78. 12th placed Newcastle United scored 56. Blackpool, who were relegated in 19th, scored 55. If the EPL stats show anything, it’s that goals are important than clean sheets. Kenwyne Jones ran away with the accolade of top Stoke goalscorer on 9 goals, while Jon Walters and Robert Huth – yes, the former Chelsea and Middlesbrough centre back Robert Huth, both finished on 6 goals. Compared to these, …
Stoke City Season Review 2010/2011

Stoke City Season Review 2010/2011

So after Stokes third season in the English Premier League, a comfortable 13th place finish, an FA Cup final appearance and qualification for the Europa League, it could be said that they had a pretty successful season. Indeed, if my team played in any major league apart from the SPL, I would be quite happy with that performance as well. But that’s not long enough for a statistical blog, so let’s delve into the finer points of their season. First …
Fulham | Europa League Opponents Drawn

Fulham | Europa League Opponents Drawn

Not being ones to sit on their hands and let time slip by, UEFA have already drawn the ties for the third qualifying round of the Europa League. Yes, I’m aware that we’re currently only half way through this tie but this is UEFA’s want. If the Whites manage to overcome Crusaders in the second leg at the Cottage next week we’ll be facing a trip to either Croatia or Slovenia. Yeah, we dodged a bullet and avoided a gruelling …
Stoke City | A transfer market preview

Stoke City | A transfer market preview

After a great season including an FA cup final appearance and another solid finish in the Premiership. Tony Pulis will yet again be pushing on, whilst trying his luck in the summer transfer market. Stoke have already brought in Jonathan Woodgate. A top quality player but one that has been plagued by injuries throughout his career, he played the round number of zero minutes last season, but a player if kept fit has no doubt better quality than other back-up …
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